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Indoor furniture projects

Learn how to paint and upcycle your furniture to give it a new lease on life!

Reusing old items and transforming them into fresh pieces that work today is of increasing importance to people. What better way to do our part to protect the environment than to refurbish an old piece of furniture? Stylish looks are limitless! Different paints, stains and waxes will allow you to achieve the specific effect you're after. Colour is magic and will transform your tired item into an instant favourite. Follow this page for inspiring ideas and step-by-step instructions on how to create unique pieces that match your space perfectly.

Make a drinks cabinet

Make a drinks cabinet
Transform an old bedside table into a retro-style drinks cabinet...

Bench impress

Bench impress
Transform wooden pallets into a portable bench...

Make an entrance

Make an entrance
Liven up your room by creating eye-catching furniture...

Indulge in shelf-care

Indulge in shelf-care
Create a bath shelf, for all your necessities for relaxing...

Upcycling a trolley into a mini bar

Shaken and stirred
Revamp an old trolley for drinks with a twist. Adding a little glamour...

Window seat

Window seat
It’s easy to transform a plain window seat into a fabulous feature...

Build a bright kids bench seat

Kids bench seat
Build this children’s bench using timber and two complementary colours...

Paint a bentwood chair

Bentwood chair
Give an old bentwood chair a colourful new lease of life...

Paint an indoor display stand

Indoor display stand
Brighten up a corner with this space saving indoor display stand...

Marble pedestal

Marble pedestal
Make a handy pedestal and give it a marble finish...

Crackle pedestal

Crackle pedestal
Create a crackle pedestal to display your plants...

Zig zag hall table

Zig zag hall table
Brighten up your hallway with a colourful zig zag table...

Suitcase coffee table

Suitcase coffee table
Turn a well loved but battered suitcase into a coffee table...

Paint a chalk colour chair

Chalk colour chair
Transform a plain varnished chair into a stylish piece of furniture...

Paint a wooden stool

Avocado stool
Transform a plain wooden stool into a glossy retro feature...

Paint an wooden chair

Painted wooden chair
Give an old painted wooden chair a new lease of life...

Transorm an entertainment unit

Entertainment unit
Transform an entertainment unit into a stylish feature...

Coffee table design inspired by wallpaper

Coffee table
Get inspired for your next creative project with wallpaper...

Rattan refresh - a cabinet upcycle

Rattan refresh
Update an old cabinet with on-trend rattan and a retro-cool mint...

Terracotta table

Terracotta table
Turn new or old terracotta pots into a handy table...

Refresh an old cabinet

Refresh an old cabinet
Don’t throw away an old tired cabinet. Refresh it with a new paint finish...

Revamped cupboard

Side table
Transform a drab wooden side table into a high gloss treasure...

Revamped cupboard

Revamped cupboard
Give an old painted cupboard a new lease of life...

Turn an old table into a feature

White table
Turn an old table into a stylish feature with a little bit of help from Resene...

Make drawers into shelves

Drawer shelves
Transform an old kitchen drawer into a funky shelf unit...

DIY striped cabinet

DIY striped cabinet
Turn a boring old piece of furniture into a colourful feature...

DIY hutch dresser

DIY hutch dresser
Rejuvenate or refresh an old piece of furniture with Resene Wallpaper...

Round side table

Round side table
Learn how to make and paint your own side table...

DIY paint splat drawers

DIY paint splat drawers
Give a set of drawers a new look with this fun-to-create paint splat finish...

Build and paint an bench

Red bench
Create this vibrant red bench with a little bit of help from Resene...

Stain a bookcase

Pine bookcase
Brighten up a plain pine bookcase using a vibrant orange...

Transform an old set of drawers

Bedside unit
Transform an old set of drawers into a colourful bedside unit...

Transform a caravan cupboard

Caravan cupboard
Transform an old varnished caravan cupboard into a retro gem...

Repaint an old cabinet and add castor wheels

Back from black
Transform a basic cabinet using four simple steps...

Vintage drinks cabinet

Vintage drinks cabinet
Surprise and delight guests with the cheerful wallpaper inside...

Striped coffee table

Striped coffee table
Reinvent an old table or add more personality to a new one...

Update your bedside table with a coat of paint and wallpaper lined drawers

Take sides
Three clever ways to transform a simple wooden bedside table...

Make a smart workbench

Make a workbench
It’s easy to create this smart and practical work bench...

Make garage shelving

Garage shelving
It’s easy to create this impressive garage shelving using fence palings...

Paint a stripes on a wooden chair

Paint a striped chair
Transform a plain chair into a colourful masterpiece using testpots...

Refinish a metal table

Corner table
Use bold Resene Black to give a new lease of life to a tired...

Hula hoop drinks trolley

Hula hoop bar cart
Add some mid-century glamour to your home with this ingenious drinks trolley...

Geometric painted drawers

Geometric painted drawers
Upcycle an old set of drawers with a geometric pattern... more

Honeycomb shelves

Honeycomb shelves
Honeycomb shelves are a handy way to display favourite treasures...

Cube plant stand

Cube plant stand
Make your favourite planted pot a feature with this cute cube plant stand...

Paint a three tone chair

Three tone chair
Use three subtle Resene cream colours to upcycle...

Pink bookshelves

Pink bookshelves
Shake up the idea of traditional book shelves & use bright, bold colours...

How to give a distressed look to a kitchen cupboard

Kitchen cupboard
Give a distressed look to a kitchen cupboard...

Give old MDF shelves a make-over

Shelving unit
Give a MDF shelving unit a new lease of life by adding a plywood top...

Lego drawers

Lego drawers
Turn an old set of drawers into a Lego lover’s dream storage space...

Dowel side table

Dowel side table
Create your own side table to perfectly fit any space in your home...

Geometric coffee table

Geometric coffee table
Give your coffee table a whole new look with a colourful geometric design...

Wood stained sideboard

Wood stained sideboard
Turn a plain sideboard into a wooden feature with a palette of wood stains...

Create this stylish display case

Display case
Transform an old corner unit into a chic display case...

Wooden bookcase

Wooden bookcase
Transform a wooden bookcase into an elegant piece of furniture...

Bentwood chair

Bentwood chair
A theatrical twist on a traditional bentwood chair...

Picture frame table

Picture frame table
Make a fabulous table from a picture frame...

Art inspired shelving storage

The art of storage
Paint vintage drawers to create useful display shelves...

Restore an antique

Turning the tables
Uncovering the beauty of an antique table... discover what lies beneath...

Paint wallpaper and upcycle your drinks cabinet

Drinks cabinet - with a twist
Upgrade a plain cabinet with a dash of yesteryear charm...

Upcycle drawers to make an kitchen island

Island magic
Create a chic kitchen island from a tired chest of drawers...

Display stand for crafts made from stool

Crafty display stand
Turn an old painted wooden stool into a crafty display stand...

Bench seat

Bench seat
Turn a plain bench seat into a cool contemporary feature...

Simple stool

Simple stool
Use a combo of colour and varnish to turn a plain stool into a funky feature...

Wooden Cabinet

Wooden cabinet
Create an instant transformation using Resene Danska Teak Oil...

How to build a stylish benchseat

Bench seat on a budget
Transform a simple bookcase into a stylish seat with heaps of extra storage...

Sculptural side table

Sculptural side table
Ombre tones help create a gallery-worthy table...

Upcycle a  table into an bedside cabinet

A cut above the rest
Give a table a chance and it will happily deliver a big lift to your bedroom...

Animal face stool

Animal face stool
Give an old stool a whole new character of its own with a fun painted face...

Telephone table

Telephone table
Turn an old wooden circular coffee table into a stylish retro telephone table...

Painted display stand

Painted display stand
Turn an old set of wooden steps into a quirky display stand...

Refinishing a rocking chair

Rocking chair
Turn an old rocking chair into a subtle piece of furniture...

Distressed table

Distressed table
Give an old wooden side table a shabby chic makeover...

Paint pour coffee table

Paint pour coffee table
Make a basic coffee table a feature in your room with this fun paint pour...

Playing with paint - Karen Walker Chalk Colour

Playing with paint
When you give a piece of furniture a makeover, you give it a new story...

Step up the creativity

Step up the creativity
These practical and versatile stools are also super easy to make over...

Make a concrete plant stand

Make a concrete planter
This concrete plant stand is a stylish addition to any home...

Contemporary style to drawers

Contemporary drawers
Give a chest of drawers a modern revamp using a subtle two-tone combo...

Colorful Kitchen cupboard

Kitchen cupboard
Give an chest of drawers a modern revamp with contemporary colours...

Paint palette drinks table

Paint palette drinks table
Turn a drinks table into this art inspired masterpiece...

Checked stool

Checked stool
Turn a simple wooden stool into a funky piece of furniture...

Playroom table

Playroom table
Transform an old coffee table into a fab piece of playroom furniture...

Smooth Metallic Drawers

Metallic drawers
Transform an old chest of drawers into a sleek and modern unit...

Occasional table

Occasional table
Construct this occasional table and get the shabby chic finish...

Hot pink shelves

Hot pink shelves
Transform an old shelving unit into a fabulously colourful feature...

Striped table

Striped table
Turn a plain old wooden table into a quirky feature...

Kitchen chair

Kitchen chair
Create a funky kitchen chair using three sizzling Resene colours...

Testpot table

Testpot table
Turn a tired old table into a work of art with a few Resene testpots...

Metallic cabinet

Metallic cabinet
Transform a MDF bedroom cabinet into a metallic masterpiece...

Cool-coloured bookcase

Cool-coloured bookcase
A cool three-colour combo gives a bookcase a stylish look...

Funky drawers

Funky drawers
Transform an old set of drawers into a funky piece of furniture...

Splattered chair

Splattered chair
A few Resene testpots transform an old chair into a work of modern art...

faux black laquer plant stand

Faux plant stand
Create a sleek black lacquered effect using Resene Enamacryl gloss...

Upcycle a stool

Painted/stencilled stool
Give an old stool a new lease of life with a stencil...

Paint and stencil bedside drawers

Stencilled bedside tables
Upcycle a set of drawers with a new coat of paint and a stencil...

Paint rocking chair and give it a new lease of life

Rocking chair refresh
Refresh and restore an old rocking chair with a simple new look...

Make a side table

A spot to relax
Create your own little haven of calm by teaming a comfy seat...

Refinishing a coffee table

Shiny and new
Transform a coffee table using a copper-look vinyl, paint shades...

Geometric pattern for a set of drawers

Geometric drawers
Upcycling? Choose a colour palette with the Resene colour generator...

Build a pallet coffee table

Pallet coffee table
Create this rustic style coffee table using old pallets & reclaimed timber...

Stain a plywood cabinet

Plywood cabinet
Freshen up a plain plywood cabinet using Resene Colorwood wood stain...

How to varnish a chair

Varnished chair
It’s easy to revamp an old varnished chair into a stylish piece of furniture...

Paint a fake wood grain effect

MDF table
Turn a plain MDF table into a stylish piece of furniture...

Make this bed for your pet

Large pet bed
How to make a stylish bed for your large pet...

Rejuvenate a school chair

School chair
Transform an old wooden school chair with paint and varnish...

Chest of drawers

Chest of drawers
Transform an old wood veneer chest of drawers into a thing of beauty...

Paint a retro mural on a sideboard

Landscape sideboard
Use the New Zealand landscape to create a statement piece...

Stain a coffee table

Stained coffee table
Sand and mask geometric lines to give and old coffee table classic looks...

Paint a retro pattern on a writing desk

Rejuvenate a writing desk
Paint a geometric pattern in your favourite retro colours...

Paint a cross stitch patterned drawers

Cross stitch drawers
Paint a pretty cross stitch embroidery pattern on a set of drawers...

Paint a cabinet inside for a colourful suprise

Open sesame
Bring a humble wooden cabinet to life with this zingy, inside-out surprise...

Cube style games table

Games table
Keep the kids happy and create this fun cube style games table...

Build a magazine rack

How to build a magazine rack
Looking for a way to keep your collection of beloved magazines tidy?...

Paint a retro sideboard in a geometric pattern

Geo revival sideboard
Revive an old sideboard with a striking, contemporary design...

Ombre effect on furniture

Ombre style
Use this trendy colour-blending effect to go from girly to glam...

Display it

Display it
Embracing the clean and subtle shades of neutral...

Closet fashionista

Closet fashionista
Give an old wooden wardrobe a colourful no-sand paint makeover...

Wooden table makeover

Turning the tables
Give a dull brown table a fresh look using a modern chalk paint effect...

Cocktails o'clock

Cocktails o'clock
Give a retro trolley an extra pop of colour to create a super quirky drinks cart...

When less is

When less is
Turn 4 tatty old school chairs into stylish dining chairs...

Modernise an outdated wooden dining table

Update your dining table
Transform a wooden dining table into a masterpiece...

Build this whitewashed table

Whitewashed table
Create this shabby chic table from reclaimd wood and finish with...

Smarten up an occasional table with Resene paints

Occasional table
Smarten up an old varnished occasional table with this effective...

Make a display table

Display table
An elegant display table using
plywood and turned timber legs...

Bedside cabinet

Bedside cabinet
Make a stylish bedside cabinet using interior plywood...

1920s table

1920s table
Transform an old wooden table into a stylish Art Deco-inspired table...

Stained chair

Stained chair
Transform a plain wicker chair into something special...

Build a useful trestle table

Periodic table
Build your own practical and stylish trestle table...

Update some old wooden stools with the Scandi look

My kitchen stools
Give your kitchen a touch of Nordic cool with these kitchen stools...

Refurbished table and chairs

Table and chairs
Kids will love these super-smart table and chairs...

Paint a tallboy

Colour pop tallboy
Renovate a bland old piece of furniture by giving it a spectacular...

Ideas for a stylish and creative home office makeover

File away!
Make a creative space of your own and ramp up the style...

Restyled furniture

Restyled furniture
Get creative and up-cycle furniture with paint and patterns...

Updating old wooden chairs

Seated style
Old wooden dining chairs are given a modern look...

Upcycle a timber pallet into a coffee table

New lease of life
Upcycle a timber pallet into a delightful coffee table...

Colourful vintage nesting tables

Colourful nest
A set of vintage nesting tables are given a new lease on life...

Refresh a wooden stool with a coat of paint

Refresh with colour
Modernise an old stool with a lick of paint and a dip of colour...

Whitewashed kitchen table

It's a whitewash!
Use whitewashed timber to create a practical working surface...

Transform  cane furniture with paint and colour

Classic shades
Transform cane furniture into Cape Cod classics...

Cabinet makeover

Cabinet makeover
Breathing new life into an old wooden cabinet...

Chair makeover

Chair makeover
Jazz up a tired set of wicker chairs with eye-popping colours...

Dining table makeover

Dining table makeover
A coat of high gloss black paint for an instant injection of tabletop...

Revamp an old cot

Revamp an old cot
Give an old cot a new lease of life with this easy makeover project...

Revamp an open wardrobe

Revamp a wardrobe
Cut visual clutter and give tired shelves new life...

Create your own stained chair

Create a stained chair
Transform a plain wicker chair into something special...

Moroccan magic

Moroccan magic
Stencil a rainbow of delicious Resene colour onto a glass table...

Decorated storage cubes

DIY kidz - boxed set
Give a plain set of storage cubes a lift with fun flag designs...

Dip your furniture in paint

Take a dip
This easy idea makes it look like your furniture has been dipped in paint...

Paint bedside cabinet

Diy kidz - bedside cabinet
Give your plain bedside cabinet a makeover using your favourite images...

French-inspired paint effect desk

French-inspired paint effect desk
Ros de Coek transforms a tired piece of furniture...

Paint a teenager's bookshelf

Paint a teenager's bookshelf
Transform boring shelves into something special...

Make a moroccan stencil

Moroccan stencil pattern
Bring a piece of Morocco into your home with this easy pattern DIY...

Make a side table

Make a side table
Learn how to make this easy rustic side table...

Revitalise a plant stand

Revitalise a plant stand
Crafting the perfect indoor solution for your greenery...

Upcycled cat bed

Upcycled cat bed
A comfy bed out of a set of unloved drawers that your moggy will love...

Wood plant stand, painted pots

Stand out
Keep your houseplants on trend with colourful pots and timber frames...

Repainted dining chairs

Sitting pretty
Give a welcome update to your much-loved dining chairs...

Paint your bedside drawers

Ombre bedside drawers
Use stain and colour to easily refresh a dated bedside drawer unit...

Upcycle a retro coffee table

Retro coffee table
Refresh a retro coffee table without losing its character...

Paint a wine rack

Paint a wine rack
Update a plain old wine rack with some on-trend colour!...

Paint a vintage sideboard

Paint an vintage sideboard
Brighten up an old piece of furniture with some vibrant colour...

Paint a butlers table

Paint a butlers table
Update a retro butler’s table with a simple and classic makeover...

Transform a wooden mail tray

Transform a wooden mail tray
Refresh an old fashioned mail tray with a modern new look...

Paint an school desk

Paint a school desk
Turn an old school desk into a stylish side table or hallway feature...

Furniture upcycle with wallpaper

Upcycle furniture wallpaper
Use colourful wallpaper samples to update a tired old piece of furniture...

Paint a wooden stool

Paint a kids stool
Take two well-loved preschool stools and revive them...

Recycle an old school desk

Recycle an school desk
Make homework fun by transforming an old school desk...

Paint an old school chair

Paint a wooden chair
Take one plain wooden dining chair and make it a stand-alone statement...

Refinish a cane table

Cane table
Update an old cane table with on trend colour and a fun paint technique...

Revamp a bedside cabinet

Revamp a bedside cabinet
Update an old bedside cabinet while keeping its character...

Decoupage to transform a vintage side table

Transform a vintage side table
Use colour and decoupage to transform a vintage side table...

Paint a pallet table

Paint a pallet table
Give a dark and dusty pallet table a bright and glossy new look...

Transform a wicker basket

Transform a wicker basket
Transform a plain wicker magazine rack with a modern and colourful update...

Restore a desk

Restore a desk
Restore a painted desk to its former timber glory...

Paint a cubby shelf

Paint a cubby shelf
Update an old cane stool with fresh paint and new fabric...

Paint a cane stool

Update a cane stool
Update an old cane stool with fresh paint and new fabric...

Paint a trestle table

Trestle table
Give an old trestle table a new party purpose!...

Paint a side table

Paint a side table
Updating a girl’s height chart with an on trend, unisex look...

Give a new look to wooden stools

Wooden stools
Give two old wooden stools a nautical-style new look...

Paint a sideboard in pastel hues

Paint a sideboard in pastel hues
Take retro inspiration from pastel hues to reinvent your old sideboard...

Retro storage cabinet

Retro storage cabinet
Turn an old record player upcycled into a retro storage cupboard...

Turn a cupboard door into a garden table

Upcycled table
Upcycle an old cupboard door into a handy table...

Paint an wooden retro chair

Retro chair
Transform a humble laminate chair into a retro feature...

Refurbish an old coffee table

Hot coffee table
Transform an old coffee table into a fabulous feature...

Refinish a magazine rack

Paint a magazine rack
Breathe new life into an old magazine rack by adding a pop of colour...


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